It’s a well-known fact that BMWs are exceptional cars. They’re stylish, fast, and luxurious, and most importantly, they have the best safety features. But not every car is created equal—some are faster than others, which is why we have created this list of the top 5 fastest BMW cars. If you want a BMW that will get you from 0 to 60 and around the track in the shortest possible amount of time, these are the cars for you.
Despite some people arguing that the BMW lineup might have recently shifted focus from its nimble, fast, and powerful sports cars to more luxurious and eco-friendly ones, that’s hardly fair.
There’s no denying that car manufacturers, in general, have had to pull up their socks to save the environment, but that isn’t necessarily bad news for speed aficionados. Current BMWs are still some of the highest performing machines of all time, and if you look at its pipeline, BMW continues to make fast, fun to drive, powerful machines that every car enthusiast yearns to drive.
So what are the fastest BMWs to hit the roads up to today?
When tested at the Nürburgring, Auto Sport test driver Christian Gebhardt managed an impressive lap time of 7:29.57, despite the added distraction of the glove box flinging itself open twice during the lap. Now, let’s look at 5 other fast-as-hell Beemers.
When the G80 M3 Sedan and G82 M4 Coupé debuted in 2020, the duo instantly overthrew Bangle-era cars as the most controversially-designed cars in BMW’s modern history—but nobody dared to question their performance.
As M cars always do, the M3 and its M4 coupé sibling turned out to be ultimate driver’s cars, offering thrilling performance with a 473 hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six and an extensive amount of upgrades compared to non-M variants.
The Competition models brought more distilled performance with the straight-six unit uprated to 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The final evolution of Competition models (so far) adds xDrive, and despite these cars being around 100 lb heavier than their RWD counterparts, all-wheel drive significantly aids to their overall performance.
In terms of straight line performance, the M3 Competition xDrive can get from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds as per BMW’s claims. However, the press concluded that the factory sheet is conservative about this sedan’s acceleration numbers as some journalists recorded times of under 3 seconds.